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Coleraine 1 Glenavon 1

By Paul Burrows

Oran Kearney says Coleraine aren't getting bogged down in the stats of their long unbeaten streak but admitted he was relieved to see their run preserved courtesy of Chris Johns' heroics on Saturday.

The goalkeeper's last-gasp save to deny Glenavon's Rhys Marshall means it's now 17 matches without a loss for the Bannsiders, who could guarantee European qualification, depending on other results, tomorrow night.

Kearney's men - who had taken the lead through in-form Darren McCauley only to see James Singleton plunder a late leveller for the visitors - are six points ahead of fourth-placed Cliftonville and travel to face Crusaders knowing that they're within touching distance of securing third spot.

"We don't get hung up on numbers but I suppose keeping this run going is such a positive and thankfully we made our point thanks to a great goal from Darren McCauley and then Chris' fantastic save," said the Coleraine boss.

"That's the sort of thing Chris has been doing week in-week out.

"We weren't at our best but we did enough to deserve something from the game and Chris ensured we did.

"It was a breathtaking save and he rightly received the plaudits from the rest of the players."

One concerning note came early in the game when midfielder Brad Lyons was stretchered off after making a challenge but Kearney added: "We thought it was bad at the time but he was able to walk on it later and I hope he will be fine once we get things checked out."

Coleraine: Johns, Kane, Mullan, Harkin, Douglas, McLaughlin (McCauley, 58 mins), Kee (McCafferty, 69 mins), McConaghie, Lyons (Parkhill, 14 mins), McGonigle, Bradley. Unused subs: Edgar, Allan.

Glenavon: Tuffey, Kelly, Lindsay, Kilmartin (Renato, 76 mins), Marshall, Patton (Cooper, 64 mins), McGrory, Martyn, Singleton, Jenkins (Moorhouse, 68 mins), Gray. Unused subs: Neill, Doyle.

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown)

Man of the match: James Singleton

Match rating: 6/10

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